FDNY Gets Big Fans For Safety


Staff member
Dec 20, 2006
New York - The FDNY will receive a $35,000 grant today to fund a trial program that could help battle blazes in skyscrapers and the gift will be named after a firefighter who lost his life at the World Trade Center. The donation, given by the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. and coordinated through Wells Fargo Insurance, will pay for a pair of large ventilation fans that can be placed in the stairwells of high-rise buildings on fire.
The pressure created by the experimental fans should help keep the flames at bay -- while serving as a fitting tribute to the memory of Peter Vega, who died during the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I think anything that recognizes what guys like Pete did that day is a great legacy," said Firefighter John Sorrentino, who shared a Brooklyn Heights firehouse with Vega. "He was a great guy, a smart guy and a terrific firefighter."

Vega, 36, was on the Ladder 118 truck that was immortalized in a Daily News photograph as it sped toward the burning towers. He and the five other men on that truck were all killed when the Trade Center collapsed.

Vega left behind a wife, Regan, and a daughter, Ruby, who is now 6. His mother, Maureen Rosenberg, was an employee at Wells Fargo but was too grief-stricken to return to work after her son's death, and it was her loss that inspired the gift to be named after Vega, an FDNY spokesman said.

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